Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 9 - Sun, Jun. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Wonder Woman$58,520,672-43%4,1650$14,051$206,343,1752Warner Bros.
2The Mummy$31,668,375--4,035--$7,848$31,668,3751Universal
3Captain Underpants$12,180,704-49%3,52995$3,452$44,443,2162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales$10,704,103-52%3,679-597$2,910$135,830,3973Disney
5Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2$6,312,367-36%2,911-596$2,168$366,431,5396Disney
6It Comes At Night$5,988,370--2,533--$2,364$5,988,3701A24
8Megan Leavey$3,810,867--1,956--$1,948$3,810,8671Bleeker Street
9Alien: Covenant$1,826,579-56%1,814-846$1,007$71,238,7914Fox
10Everything, Everything$1,627,295-51%1,546-829$1,053$31,739,2474Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1My Cousin Rachel$968,506--523--$1,852$968,5061Fox Searchlight
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul$656,843-49%897-1191$732$19,379,101420th Century Fox
3The Boss Baby$512,445-17%432-252$1,186$171,823,97111Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword$455,744-61%422-800$1,080$38,216,3075Warner Bros.
6The Fate of the Furious$442,770-10%389-204$1,138$224,507,6359Universal
7Paris Can Wait$436,424-18%17625$2,480$2,271,7005Sony Pictures Classics
8Beauty and the Beast$377,898-43%316-211$1,196$502,868,34413Disney
93 Idiotas$240,930-60%3490$690$1,051,5602Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Churchill$200,641-50%187-28$1,073$798,5002Cohen Media Group
11Going in Style$194,401-16%235-68$827$44,563,63110Warner Bros. / New Line
12Smurfs: The Lost Village$158,476-30%213-59$744$44,336,61410Sony / Columbia
13Kong: Skull Island$150,155-29%171-37$878$167,986,46014Warner Bros.
14Lowriders$137,635-32%107-72$1,286$6,000,0555BH Tilt
15How to Be A Latin Lover$124,148-55%125-152$993$31,931,6417Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Gifted$110,561-38%162-63$682$24,282,91310Fox Searchlight
17The Wedding Plan$109,159-48%105-18$1,040$1,183,0485Roadside Attractions
18Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer$102,896-49%160-72$643$3,649,5619Sony Pictures Classics
19The Lovers$62,429-74%127-221$492$2,102,0086A24
20The Lost City of Z$27,470-47%1210$227$8,431,0759Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beatriz at Dinner$141,959--5--$28,392$141,9591Roadside Attractions
2The Zookeeper's Wife$62,170-18%92-23$676$17,407,53611Focus Features
3A Quiet Passion$52,644-48%76-22$693$1,732,5429Music Box Films
4The Women's Balcony$49,172150%1512$3,278$392,28315Menemsha Films
5The Hero$45,317--4--$11,329$45,3171The Orchard
6I, Daniel Blake$42,204126%3826$1,111$120,6262IFC Films
7Dean$41,726-31%3217$1,304$122,8492CBS Films
8Their Finest$30,130-42%49-24$615$3,563,44610EuropaCorp/STXfilms
9Band Aid$28,106-3%129$2,342$67,4332IFC Films
10Love, Kennedy$27,281-37%190$1,436$116,4602Purdie Distribution
11Past Life$24,43863%2117$1,164$46,6972Orion Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films
13The Case For Christ$19,793-43%51-22$388$14,647,20510Pure Flix
14Wakefield$19,782-53%28-2$707$193,7484IFC Films
15Born in China$19,551-73%32-83$611$13,755,9238Disneynature
16Letters from Baghdad$16,364-17%42$4,091$45,0602Vitagraph Films
17Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan$14,9499%62$2,492$83,0293Abramorama
19Abacus: Small Enough to Jail$12,428593%54$2,486$50,4654PBS Distribution
20Obit.$10,725-63%14-8$766$258,2997Kino Lorber
21The Exception$10,529-51%20$5,265$43,6482A24
23Your Name.$9,965-43%12-953$830$4,953,63410FUNimation Entertainment
24KEDi$8,865-14%111$806$2,706,07218Oscilloscope Laboratories
25Alive and Kicking$8,818580%75$1,260$66,68210Magnolia Pictures
27Journey to the South Pacific$7,27495%20$3,637$7,289,867185IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
28Beautiful Accident$5,942-77%6-12$990$46,2582China Lion Film Distribution
29Radio Dreams$5,777238%54$1,155$14,1864Matson Films
30Dawson City: Frozen Time$5,713--1--$5,713$5,7131Kino Lorber Films
31Like Crazy$5,640-22%91$627$95,0556Strand Releasing
32God of War$5,526-77%5-22$1,105$43,3742Well Go USA
33Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent$5,161-52%19-13$272$211,2298The Orchard
34Donnie Darko (15th Anniversary Re-Release)$5,038114%61$840$192,16911Arrow Films
35Under the Sea 3D$4,11141%102$411$35,443,273435Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Citizen Jane: Battle for the City$3,555-57%7-3$508$291,3038IFC Films
37I Love You Both$3,236--7--$462$3,2361Magnolia Pictures
38Hermia & Helena$3,014-25%42$754$31,1163Kino Lorber
39Born to Be Wild 3D$2,927-13%10-2$293$25,402,455323Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Commune$2,842-26%3-8$947$35,8444Magnolia Pictures
41Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary$2,551-63%8-3$319$280,3269Abramorama
42David Lynch: The Art Life$2,418-64%30$806$165,54811Janus
43Miles$2,147--2--$1,074$2,1471Entertainment Studios
44The Wall$2,087-34%7-3$298$1,801,5465Roadside Attractions
45Cezanne and I$1,790-61%2-1$895$247,93211Magnolia Pictures
46The Dinner$1,753-51%5-5$351$1,322,7786The Orchard
47Night School (2017)$1,588--1--$1,588$1,5881Oscilloscope Laboratories
48This Is Not What I Expected$1,413-50%1-1$1,413$334,9856Well Go USA
49Bang! The Bert Berns Story$1,243-61%2-2$622$59,2997Abramorama
50The Death of Louis XIV$1,205-39%31$402$36,80711Cinema Guild
51Frantz$1,196-56%4-1$299$875,89613Music Box Films
52Maurice (2017 re-release)$1,092-80%1-1$1,092$35,1114Cohen Media Group
54Hidden Figures$971-89%5-8$194$169,338,62325Fox
55Slack Bay$961358%20$481$48,5388Kino Lorber Films
56The Recall$901-86%4-3$225$10,4512Freestyle Releasing
57Champion$896-76%50$179$154,7184ArtAffects Entertainment
58Phoenix Forgotten$8150%32$272$3,599,5708Cinelou Films
59Soul on a String$632514%21$316$2,8814Film Movement
60Swept Away (1974)$624--2--$312$7,8769Kino Lorber
61Seven Beauties (1975)$524-16%21$262$11,9629Kino Lorber
62Chuck$508-94%5-25$102$320,7256IFC Films
63Leon Morin, Priest (2017 re-release)$400-82%1-1$400$40,9985Rialto Pictures
64Hubble 3D$385-82%40$96$51,852,100378Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Afterimage$188-90%1-4$188$28,3764Film Movement
66After the Storm$182-87%2-1$91$258,50513Film Movement
67A Woman, A Part$127--1--$127$23,56212Strand Releasing
68The King's Case Note$99-70%10$99$90,8997CJ Entertainment
69Graduation$90-96%1-1$90$175,97510IFC Films / Sundance Selects
70The Transfiguration$73--1--$73$19,52610Strand Releasing
71Personal Shopper$40-98%1-2$40$1,305,19514IFC Films